Last week, I was waxing lyrical to a new acquaintance about the jacarandas in full bloom in my garden and all over Australia at the moment. But it made me think again when she said that all that jacarandas brought to mind for her was the gut-wrenching feeling of preparing and sitting for major examinations. Apparently the annual jacaranda blooming season produced not only mental turmoil for her, but made her physically sick to the stomach. Others have said that it brings on their hay fever.
How can plants be viewed so differently – those who delight in growing and showing off all the highly perfumed flowers and relish frolicking in the newly mown grass, and the others who shrink in fear at the very thought of heading out into the garden let alone dealing with floral arrangements decorating every room of the house.